Best Bonfire Night Recipes

Our three favourite Bonfire Night recipes


Butternut Squash Velouté

Butternut Squash Velouté

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 362 per portion
Fat 31g (19g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Onions 2, peeled and sliced
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Butternut squash 700g (1lb 9oz), peeled and cubed
  • Vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
  • Double cream 150ml pot
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to serve (optional)
  • Toasted sourdough bread to serve (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large pan and add onions and garlic. Cover with a lid and leave to sweat over a low heat for 10 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add squash and stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until squash has softened.
  3. Pour in half the cream, season to taste and puree with a stick blender. Serve with a swirl of cream, sprinkled with nutmeg and with sourdough toast, if you like.



Extra Special Gooey Gingerbread

  • Servings: 18 bars
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 157 per portion
Fat 6g (3.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing


  • Butter 110g (4oz)
  • Granulated sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Golden syrup 225g (8oz)
  • Marmalade 2 tbsp
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Ground ginger 2 tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Eggs 2


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Butter a small roasting tin measuring about 18 x 28 x 4cm (7 x 11 x 1½in) and base line with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, syrup and marmalade into a saucepan and heat, stirring, until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  3. Mix the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl, then stir into the cooled butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Beat the milk and eggs together, then stir into the ginger mixture. Pour into the prepared tin, level the surface and cook for about 25 minutes until the cake is well risen and golden. The cake is ready when the top springs back when pressed with your fingertips.
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then take it out of the tin, peel off the paper and cut it into bars.

Cook’s tips
To store, wrap in foil and then keep in an airtight tub or tin.
It’s also delicious as a pudding with a splash of hot custard.


Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 282 per portion
Fat 17g (7.6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Milk chocolate 40g (1½oz), broken up
  • Smooth peanut butter 2 tbsp
  • Milk 350ml (12fl oz)
  • Whipped cream 2 tbsp, optional
  • Mini marshmallows and grated chocolate to serve, optional


  1. Place chocolate, peanut butter and milk in a pan. Heat gently, whisking, until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream and marshmallows and/or grated chocolate, if using.


Recipes taken from the Dairy Diary.


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New Year’s Eve: Chai Martini

Chai Martini Cocktail

Toast the New Year with this fabulous cocktail

 Happy New Year!!

New Year Chai Martini

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 239 per portion
Fat 10g (6.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Chai latte teabags 2
  • Granulated sugar 4 tsp or to taste
  • Single cream 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Vanilla vodka 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Ice cubes 16
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling


  1. Place teabags into a heatproof measuring jug and pour in 100ml (3½fl oz) boiling water. Leave to brew for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove teabags, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour in cream and vanilla vodka and leave to cool.
  3. Place half the ice in a cocktail shaker and pour in half the liquid. Shake well then strain into two martini glasses. Repeat with remaining liquid and ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.




Recipe of the Week: Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Wrap your mittened fingers around a mug of this scrumptious drink this autumn and you’ll soon feel warm and cosy

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 267 per portion
Fat 13g (5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • Milk 600ml (1 pint)
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread 3 tbsp
  • Orange ¼, finely grated zest


  1. Heat the milk in a pan with the chocolate spread, stirring until dissolved. Stir in the orange zest, pour into cups and serve immediately.

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5 summery drinks to make for friends

5 summery drinks for friends

5 Summery Drinks to Make for Friends

It’s great to have friends or family come to visit but the effort to prepare food can make impromptu invitations off-putting.

And when it’s a lovely day none of us want to be slaving in the kitchen cooking.

So why not host a drinks
and nibbles afternoon?

Whip up a few of the fabulous drinks below and serve with a variety of crisps, nuts, olives etc. With a variety of drinks – including plenty of non-alcoholic – it’s perfect for a gathering of people of all ages.

Make all the drinks in advance and store in the fridge so that you can enjoy the afternoon with your visitors.



Minty Lemon Sorbet Tea

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 59 per portion
Fat 0.2g (0g sat) per portion


  • Darjeeling tea 600ml (1 pint), hot and strong
  • Sprigs of mint 3
  • Golden granulated sugar to taste Lemon sorbet 4 scoops
  • Lemon 1, sliced
  • Strawberries and mint sprigs to decorate


  1. Pour the hot tea into a jug, add the mint sprigs and stir in the sugar to taste. Leave to brew and cool completely.
  2. When ready to serve, remove the mint sprigs. Scoop the lemon sorbet into four tall glasses and pour in the tea.
  3. Decorate with strawberries and mint and serve immediately.

Refreshing Lemonade

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 134 per portion
Fat 0g (0g sat) per portion


  • Caster sugar 200g (7oz)
  • Lemons 8 large, finely grated zest and juice (giving about 200ml/7fl oz)
  • Ice to serve


  1. Tip sugar, lemon zest and juice into a heavy-based pan with 1 litre (1¾ pints) water
    and heat gently until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Taste and adjust sugar and lemon juice to taste. Remove pan from the heat and leave to cool. Strain liquid (if wished) into a jug filled with ice.

Caribbean Shake

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 199 per portion
Fat 7g (4.2g sat) per portion


  • Banana 1, roughly chopped
  • Orange juice 2 tbsp
  • Pineapple juice 2 tbsp
  • Milk 300ml (½ pint)
  • Vanilla dairy ice cream 2 scoops


  1. Put banana in a blender with orange and pineapple juices. Add milk and whizz to blend.
  2. Put a scoop of ice cream in two glasses and top up with fruit milk. Serve immediately and with straws, if you like.

Summer Berry Milkshakes

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 461 per portion
Fat 35g (20.4g sat) per portion


  • Fresh raspberries 110g (4oz)
  • Fresh strawberries 150g (5oz), hulled and sliced
  • Vanilla ice cream 2–3 good scoops
  • Whole milk 600ml (1 pint), chilled
  • Natural yogurt 150g (5oz)
  • Double cream 125ml (4 fl oz), whipped to a soft peak, to decorate, optional
  • Raspberries 12, to decorate, optional Strawberries 4, to decorate, optional


  1. Put raspberries, strawberries, ice cream, milk and yogurt into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour milkshake through a non-reactive sieve into a large jug (to remove seeds), and then pour into four large, well-chilled glasses. Serve immediately.

TIP For some extra pizzazz, top each glass of milkshake with a spoonful of whipped cream topped with raspberries. Make a slit in each strawberry, place on rim of each glass and serve.

Iced Coffee

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 334 per portion
Fat 17.1g (11.2g sat) per portion


  • Instant coffee 1 tbsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • Boiling water 3 tbsp
  • Whole milk 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Vanilla ice cream 250g (9oz)
  • Grated chocolate a little for sprinkling, optional


  1. Put coffee and sugar into a heatproof jug, stir in boiling water, cover and leave to cool for 5–10 minutes.
  2. Mix coffee with milk and chill well.
  3. When ready to serve, pour coffee into a liquidiser, add ice cream and blend well. Pour into tall glasses, sprinkle with chocolate, if using, and serve immediately.







Recipe of the Week | Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Espresso 25ml (1fl oz), sweetened with sugar if you like, cold
  • Tia Maria or Kahlua 40ml (1½fl oz)
  • Vanilla vodka 50ml (2fl oz)
  • Ice
  • Coffee beans


  1. Place martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
  2. Pour espresso and alcohol into a cocktail shaker and then fill with ice.
  3. Shake well to combine and then strain into chilled glasses.
  4. Garnish with coffee beans. Repeat to make the required number of cocktails.
  5. Serve immediately.

Tip. If you don’t have an espresso maker at home you could buy it from your local coffee shop, then allow to cool and store in the fridge until required.



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